Forts and Castles of Plymouth Sound - Walk

Jennycliff, Plymouth, Devon

About this walk

Plymouth has been an important naval port for many centuries, which has led to the building of a variety of defences to protect the port.

This walk passes a number of these defences as it circles around the eastern side of Plymouth Sound; it also offers superb views over the Sound and its shipping.

Most of the walk follows the South West Coast Path or the Erme-Plym Trail, and is therefore well waymarked. The walk is described as starting at Jennycliff, but could just as easily be started from Bovisand. There is one long steady climb of 60m / 200ft; Some flights of steps on Coast Path section; 3 stiles, all on inland section. The walk is also accessible by ferry from Plymouth Barbican. This operates all year, 7 days a week. For details call 01752 480727.


7 miles



Start/End point

Jennycliff, Plymouth.


City, Heritage,

Special Interest



Plymouth, South Devon – South Hams.

Relevant maps/guides

Outdoor Leisure 20 South Devon; Explorer 108 Lower Tamar Valley; Landranger 201 Plymouth and Launceston.

Facilities along route

Jennycliff (café and toilets); Mount Batten (pub and toilets); Turnchapel (pub); Hooe (all facilities); Bovisand (seasonal café).